AMD has officially announced its new graphics card, Radeon RX 6600 XT, which is aimed at the 1080 gaming segment and is priced at $379.
AMD has announced the latest addition to its Radeon RX 6000 line of graphics cards on Friday, 30 July 2021. The RX 6600 XT is the first graphic processing unit (GPU) in the RX 6000 series that is designed for 1080 pixels high-refresh-rate gaming, and it aims to compete with Nvidia’s RTX 3060.
The graphics card includes eight Gigabytes (GB) of GDDR6 memory, with a memory speed of 16 Gigabytes per second (Gbps), 32 compute units, a 2359-MegaHertZ (MHz) game clock, and a 165 thermal design power.
This means that the user can use a 500-watt power supply if they build a personal computer (PC) around the RX 6600 XT.
Similar to other GPUs in the RX 6000 line, the RX 6600 XT is based on AMD’s latest Radeon DNA 2 technology, the same graphical architecture that is also available in PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S and Valve’s new Steam Deck.
This means that this card supports hardware-accelerated ray tracing. The card will also support FidelityFX Super Resolution, AMD’s open-source super sampling technology that was released in June 2021.
Even though it seems odd for AMD to release a 1080 pixel card, AMD claims that two-thirds of displays shipped in 2020 were 1080 pixels.
AMD further stated that while the performance charts for the RX 6600 XT is not necessarily an indicative sample of its gaming performance, this sort of performance seems to aim to be a better choice for 1080 pixel gaming.
The graphics card will not feature a reference model, and all the RX 6600 XT cards are designed by AMD’s partners, such as MSI and ASUS. Nine RX 6600 XT desktop GPUs will be for sale upon its launch.
AMD also revealed that several gaming laptops, including the ASUS ROG Strix G15 and the HP Omen 16, will offer RX 6600 XT as a GPU configuration option.
Simultaneously, some desktops prebuilt from computer companies such as Acer and Alienware will have the GPU as a configuration option.
The AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT card is scheduled to launch on 11 August 2021, starting at $379.